Charter: Article III
The City Manager

Section 3.1. Qualifications; Term of office

The city manager shall be chosen by the council on the basis of executive and administrative qualifications with special reference to his experience in, and his knowledge of municipal administrations. He may or may not be a resident of the city or the state at the time of his selection, but shall reside within the city during his tenure of office. He shall be appointed for an indefinite term, subject to removal as herein provided, and shall devote his entire time to the duties of his office. The manager shall designate in writing, filed with the city clerk, one of the department directors or one of the administrative assistants to perform the duties of the city manager in the event of his absence or disability; if he should fail to do so, the council shall make such designation.

Section 3.2. Compensation

The city manager shall receive such compensation as may be fixed by ordinance.

Section 3.3. Powers and duties

The city manager shall be the chief executive and administrative officer of the city and shall be responsible to the council for the proper administration of all the city's affairs. To that end he shall have power and shall be required to:

  1. Appoint and, when necessary for the good of the service, remove all officers and employees of the city, except as otherwise provided in the Charter, and except as he may authorize the head of a department or office to appoint subordinates in such department or office.
  2. Prepare the budget annually and submit it to the council and be responsible for its administration after adoption.
  3. Prepare and submit to the council, as of the end of the fiscal year, a complete report on the finances and administrative activities of the city for the year.
  4. Keep the council advised of the financial condition of the city and make recommendations concerning its future needs.
  5. Attend all meetings of the council and, insofar as possible, its committees, except when the council may be considering his removal. He shall have the right to take part in discussions, but shall have no power to vote. He shall receive notice of all special meetings.
  6. Enforce all laws and ordinances and see that all contracts and franchises are faithfully performed.
  7. Perform such other duties as may be prescribed by this Charter or required of him by the council, not inconsistent with this Charter.
  8. Prescribe the powers and duties of officers and employees not otherwise prescribed by this Charter or by ordinance; may assign particular officers and employees to one or more of the departments; may require an officer or employee to perform duties in two or more departments and may make such other rules and regulations as may be necessary or proper for the efficient and economical conduct of the business of the city.

Section 3.4. Administrative assistants

The city manager shall appoint such administrative assistants as are authorized by the council.


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